Homelessness

Homelessness is a real problem in communities across the Commonwealth — a problem that increasingly involves not only individuals but entire families. On any given day, 16,200 Pennsylvanians are known to be homeless. During one school year, school districts around the state provide services to approximately 13,000 homeless children.  

The issues of affordable housing and homelessness are intricately connected. While circumstantial factors vary, homelessness occurs when people or households are unable to acquire and/or maintain housing they can afford. The chief cause of homelessness in the United States is the scarcity of affordable homes. 

The Housing Alliance has also organized the Homeless Providers Network, a subcommittee of service providers and advocates to develop and focus more resources on the growing issue of homelessness.

News for Homelessness

Housing Data Fact Sheets by County

Housing data fact sheets, organized alphabetically by county

A new look at homelessness

Homelessness issues are expanding beyond traditional preconceptions.
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PA Neighborhood Assistance Program Spared from Budget Cuts

The Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania announced earlier this month that the program will be spared from budget cuts, but an expansion of the program now seems unlikely.

Michelle Obama: Veteran homelessness should ‘horrify’ US

First lady Michelle Obama on Thursday decried the fact that tens of thousands of American military veterans are homeless.
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As need for vets housing grows, group answers

Philadelphia needs more low-income housing for veterans, particularly those who served in recent conflicts such as the Gulf War, says Walter Kubiak of Mission First Housing Group.
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Legislation Addresses Affordable Housing Needs

From Pittsburgh's radio WESA to the Philadelphia Business Journal, press across the state is covering Senate Bill 1380.
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Former McKeesport YMCA transformed into housing for needy

The former McKeesport YMCA was rededicated this week as McKeesport Downtown Housing, an 84-unit structure that houses homeless and low-income individuals.
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